You're a coffee lover, heck aren't we all? But you're also aware enough to understand that too much of a good thing can sometimes be, well, too much of a good thing!
But what if there was a way to make your coffee healthier?
In fact, what if there was a way to improve the goodness within each cup AND make it taste even better?
We all know sugar, particularly in high amounts, is bad for health. A healthy alternative to normal sugar is Stevia which has a very similar taste, minus the calories of sugar. Find out more here.
Yes, cocoa powder is what chocolate is made of so you may not think of it as being healthy, however unsweetened cocoa powder is full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It also acts as an antidepressant making it the perfect coffee addiction. Find out more here.
Store-bought creamers are kinda gross, as a general rule. They contain artificial ingredients and the flavors tend to reflect this fakeness, not to mention ingredients like corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. If you prefer real and whole food, try one of 10 tasty coffee creamers, such as hazelnut, pecan, coconut, rosewater and honey, Mayan Mocha (spice anyone?!) French Vanilla and so many more courtesy of these AMAZING recipes from RuralSpin.com. No fake extracts are even used!
Caffeine causes your body to release sugar into your bloodstream which in turn causes the pancreas to release insulin (another good reason to get sugar out!). On an empty stomach this can cause a sharp drop in blood sugar which can then set up more sugar cravings. Having food in your stomach will help modulate this blood sugar response and keep those cravings at bay. Find out more about this healthy tip here.
Using cinnamon instead of sugar can save you a bunch of calories. Doing so can save you up to 70 calories per cup, and cinnamon also has the effect of boosting your metabolism and helping to boost your immune system! Learn more about adding cinnamon and a range of other sugar substitutes here.
Gandomera coffee, a blend of roasted coffee beans and the red mushroom extract Ganoderma Lucidum, has been used for centuries in China for its health benefits. Grown in the wild, Ganoderma coffee is touted as a safe and natural alternative to coffee that can treat diseases, insomnia and depression. There's a company called Organo that offers coffee and tea products that are infused with ganoderma. Read more about the many benefits of Ganoderma here.
You've probably heard of a growing alternative health practice: putting butter in your morning cup of joe. Putting butter in coffee recently became trendy via the Bulletproof Coffee® brand and apparently, placing a little butter in your morning coffee helps provide some stable energy throughout the day, energizes you and makes you feel satiated. You should aim for milk that is produced by cows that have grazed exclusively (or primarily) on grass, i.e. grass-fed. Here's a DIY recipe for your daily butter coffee fix.
The reason is simple – the alkalizing phytochemicals are released first. Since coffee is made by passing a larger volume of water through the coffee beans, the coffee beans begin to release acidifying compounds towards the end of the brewing process. Find out more here.
According to a 2011 article in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, dark roasted coffee had a greater impact on reducing body weight and increasing antioxidant stores in healthy research participants compared to light roasted coffee. This study suggests dark roasted coffee may have a higher impact on increasing antioxidants in the body and a stronger impact on potential weight loss compared to light roast coffee. Find out more here.
There you have it, 9 ways to make your coffee just that little bit healthier with hardly any extra effort. That's a total win!
Enjoy your next healthy coffee!!!